Boys rescued after inflatable boat runs aground off Millport

by Rebecca Garrett

Two young boys were rescued after their inflatable boat got into trouble on the south end of Great Cumbrea Island.

Largs RNLI received a report at around 6.14pm on Saturday, August 18 that the boys’ dinghy had run aground on the Eileans rocks close to Millport.

On receiving this information, which came from a passing yacht, the Largs RNLI inshore lifeboat R A Wilson and her volunteer crew launched to the scene.

On arrival they found the boys in their inflatable boat were in fact not on the rocks, instead, they had managed to paddle their boat into nearby Millport Bay where, already, they had managed to make fast to a moored yacht.

The lifeboat crew took them, unharmed, on board and landed them at Millport Pier, the lifeboat then returned to the yacht and moved the inflatable to a safe mooring.

A spokesman for Largs RNLI said: “It seems the boys had used all of the fuel from one of their two tanks and as they changed over to the second tank the engine refused to re start due to fuel contamination leaving them with no power other than their paddles.

“In the circumstances, the boys, who were wearing life jackets, did very well in self survival and managing to paddle to a safe mooring, well done to them.”

On completion, the lifeboat returned to Largs to be made ready for her next service.


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